The Festool stand and range of power tools was extremely impressive, but what I enjoyed the most was getting a first hand look at some of their new tools that are yet to hit the market. I can’t say too much about them just yet (watch this space), but I can say that there was a prototype of a new cordless power saw that in my mind is a real winner for when it comes to site work. I can even see it making some other tools in our works shops and tool boxes redundant. There was also a new dust free cutter / grinder, new 18V cordless drill with an impressive design and an extremely bright portable LED cordless light. One tool I am super impressed with that is on the market from Festool is the Vecturo Multi-Tool, this thing has precision written all over it!
After finishing up with guys at Festool I took a walk around to check out some of the other highlights from the show. I discovered many wood turning demonstrations, custom made furniture, hand built wooden boats and more hand tools than you can poke a stick at. Throughout the hall there was an impressive range of timber slabs and burls that were on display and for sale. I overheard two guys talking who were looking at some of the natural timber and one of them said “This is what I imagine heaven to look like”, I had a chuckle to myself and kept walking.
I bumped into my good friends over at Metabo Australia who I have recently reviewed their new 18V SB 18 LTX BL Quick Cordless Drill on my YouTube channel, they had a huge range of their latest gear on display as well. The one thing that caught my eye was their new cordless compound sliding drop saw, this thing runs at 4,000 RPM and will make 400 cuts of laminate flooring on one single charge from the 5.2Ah battery. Metabo are also leading the way in battery technology and have a new range of LHD batteries that are due to hit the market with increased run time of 87% and 67% more power, can I get a Hell Yeah!!
had a chance to check out the Dewalt and Milwaukee stands, and try my hand in a drilling competition that Dewalt was running for a chance at winning a new road bike. The deal was to see who could drive in 5 screws into a piece of timber in the fastest time over the show to go into the running for the bike. When I had a go the fastest time set so far was 16 seconds, my time, wait for it….. 6.2 seconds! I’m still waiting for my phone call….
Dewalt had a table saw with rolling saw work station that I was impressed with, these two items would be perfect for the contractor who needs to have a mobile work shop. Milwaukee had a 90 degree impact driver that I was equally impressed with, I could see it being useful for tight spaces and confined work, in fact I could have done with one today!
There were also second hand tools on display and a wide variety of hand tools and wood turning tools along with demonstrations in wood turning and wood carving on the day